Installing fonts in ubuntu is very easy these days - just open a ttf file and you are presented with a nice sample of the font (quick brown fox style), and a button in the bottom right corner to install the font.

Nice'n'easy, but you're not quite done yet. You'll definitely need to restart running apps before the font becomes available to them, and quite possibly you'll need to rebuild the font cache, which you can do by rebooting (hah!) or:

sudo fccache -fv

btw., check out Eurostile. Its about 50 years old, but nonetheless is one of the most gorgeous fonts i've ever seen.

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